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Sep 2

West Virginia lottery could add online gaming options

Charleston Daily Mail – To help combat out-of-state competition, the West Virginia Lottery is considering introducing online gaming options, including smartphone applications that would allow players to purchase Powerball and Mega Millions tickets on their phone. Lottery director John Musgrave told members of the state Lottery Commission Tuesday that officials … Continue reading →

Sep 1

888 to launch shared poker network in Delaware and Nevada

iGaming Business – Online gaming operator 888 has confirmed to investors that it is to launch a shared poker network between Delaware and Nevada, two of the three US states that offer forms of regulated internet gambling. The launch of the new online poker network, which will be known as … Continue reading →

Galaxy brand illegally exploited online

Macau Business Daily – The gaming operator has issued a warning that its brands are being used by fraudulent gaming and betting websites. After SJM and Las Vegas Sands, the Galaxy group is the third operator to face online exploitation. Galaxy Entertainment Group trade names, trademarks and property images are … Continue reading →

Samoa to open first casino

Samoa is to open its first casino. It will be at Aggie Greys Resort at Mulifanua, near the international airport, and employ 100 staff. The Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says the first casino will create more job opportunities and attract more tourists into the country. Tuila’epa has told reporters … Continue reading →

Aug 31

Las Vegas Is Winning Again! Sin City is Back!

The Motley Fool – Las Vegas is the city that made huge successes of the casino resorts operated by companies such as Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts. However, for the last five years gaming in Asia, rather than U.S. operations, have lifted these companies’ profits. But with 2014 profits in Las Vegas … Continue reading →

Harvard Study: Online gaming does NOT increase addiction

Global Gaming Business Magazine – A new study from the Harvard Medical School’s Division of Addiction found that online gaming does not promote gambling addiction, and that the vast majority of those gambling on the internet are casual gamblers who effectively set limits for themselves. Harvard researchers worked with online … Continue reading →

Aug 29

Kiwi jockey disgraced in betting scandal that shocks industry

Australian Gambling – In a story that has shocked the typically clean natured New Zealand racing scene, jockey David Walker has had his riding licence suspended after an investigation was launched into one of his rides at Awapuni earlier this year. The Central Districts jockey will face charges of pulling … Continue reading →

California Online Poker bill may alter ‘Bad actor’ clause

iGaming Business – The so-called ‘bad actor’ clause could be altered when a fresh internet poker bill is presented in the US state of California in the next legislative session. Internet poker bills from California Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer and Senator Joe Correa were introduced by their authors in February this … Continue reading →

Kentucky casino supporters are increasingly silent

Courier Journal – Support for a constitutional amendment on casino gambling appears to be waning, even among those who are for it. Champions of casino gambling aren’t saying much, although the issue is unlikely to disappear completely from debate without being put on the ballot. The reasons are varied: • … Continue reading →

Williams Interactive unveils offline-powered slot

iGaming Business – The Williams Interactive gaming entertainment products and services subsidiary of Scientific Games has launched its first online slot game to be powered by the offline game engine Supercharged Reels. ‘Roman Chariots’, which will be added to the Williams Interactive Game Server library, features three miniature bonus reel … Continue reading →

Greek OPAP growth despite tax bill

iGaming Business – Greek gambling monopoly OPAP has reported better-than-expected results in the second quarter despite having been hit by a retroactive tax bill of €21.6 million ($28.5 million) in the period. The bill dates back to the 2010 fiscal year in which the firm had amounted tax charges of … Continue reading →

Aussie casino regulators give Hong Kong billionaire green light

Australian Gambling – Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung is one step closer to his dream of building Australia’s most lavish resort after winning approval to purchase a neighbouring casino. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission this week decided it would not oppose a planned $269 million takeover of the existing Reef Hotel Casino … Continue reading →

Aug 28

Is fantasy football online gambling?

Reno Gazette Journal – Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games. Since 2011, the billion-dollar fantasy market has been infused with dozens of daily and weekly games. Those games allow players to win huge prizes quickly, sometimes in … Continue reading →

Aug 26

Daily fantasy sports games rise in popularity

ABC News – When lawmakers carved out an exemption for fantasy sports in a 2006 law targeting online poker, no one predicted that it would spawn an online gambling operation that may someday rival the millions wagered daily in Las Vegas sports books. But huge money changes hands every day … Continue reading →

Ohio cracks down on illegal skill-game parlors

Columbus Dispatch – Despite a multitude of legal gambling opportunities — four casinos, five racinos and lottery games — Ohioans continue to find places to gamble illegally. But state investigators increasingly are finding those illegal gambling hot spots, many of which masquerade as parlors for “skill games.” Matt Schuler, executive … Continue reading →

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